Matt Benedict enters his third season at The University of New Mexico as an assistant women’s swimming coach.
Benedict comes to Albuquerque with 12 years head coaching experience as a club coach. Those 12 years were spent at Sunkist Swim Team, Reno Aquatic Club and, most recently, in Goodyear, Arizona, at the YMCA Westside Silver Fins. At every coaching stop, he has had athletes qualify for US Nationals and Olympic Trials.
Along with quality national-level athletes, while at YMCA Westside Silver Fins, Benedict coached Darian Townsend to a silver medal performance at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
Prior to his time as a club head coach, Benedict spent time an assistant coach for Rutgers University and Dartmouth college. While at Rutgers, both the men’s and women’s teams where represented with point scorers at the NCAA Championships. The year prior at Dartmouth College, the men’s team saw their first winning season in over a decade with Benedict as their assistant coach.
Benedict came to Dartmouth from the Longhorn swim camp where he worked in 2003 and as an assistant coach at the Rams Swim Club where he worked during his time swimming for the University of Rhode Island. While a Rhody Ram, Benedict set the school record in the 100 fly, was team captain his senior year and was a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
Benedict is married to Megan Lelia Benedict with a son, daughter and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, crossfit, music and “talking shop” about all things swimming.